‘department news’ Category

Events, publications, curricular changes, etc.

Congratulations to Laura Boomgaarden

Congratulations to MCS’s Administrative Assistant Laura Boomgaarden ’93 for being named the Augusta Carlson Schultz Award winner for the Outstanding Support Staff Employee of 2022.  We knew she did great work and now everyone else on campus does as well.  The MCS department along with the Gustavus community will recognize Laura’s accomplishment during Daily Sabbath service, and […]

Gusties Show Their Skills at Undergraduate Statistics Research Project Competition

Congratulations to current MCS student Kaylee Vick and MCS alumni Ha Le,  and Rachel Erickson for winning  Honorable Mention in the Undergraduate Statistics Research Project Competition!  Their work looked at student buy-in for standards-based grading in Calculus I.  The data was provided to them by Dr. Jeff Ford ’02  and their work was supervised by Dr. Jillian […]

2022 Pi Day Celebration

The MCS department hosted its Pi Day gathering on March 14.  The event featured pie eating, pi trivia, and good company.

Gusties Compete in Programming Contest

  Congratulations to Wenlei Yu, Josie Bierbaum, and Lucas Hartfiel  for correctly solving three problems in the 2021 – 2022 International Collegiate Programming Contest.  Team JLW from Gustavus finished 58th out of 96 teams in the North Central North American Region. This is quite an accomplishment given that many of the teams in the region had at least one […]

Math, Swimming, and the Olympics

Professor Ken Ono of the University of Virginia wears many hats. He is the Thomas Jefferson Professor of Mathematics, Chair of the Mathematics Department, and mathematical consultant to the UVA swim team. What? The linked video highlights this remarkable collaboration and how it helped one UVA swimmer reach her Olympic goal. So what does this […]

MCS Seeking Computer Lab Instructor

The MCS Department is now taking applications for a computer science lab instructor.  See the job description and how to apply by clicking here

Teaching a Machine Learning Camp

Check out the October/November issue of the MAA FOCUS  for an article on teaching a machine learning camp written by Dr. Melissa Lynn.    

The Making of the 2021 Nobel Conference

 2021 Nobel Conference cochairs Tom LoFaro (MCS) and Karl Larson (HES/public health) discuss how this year’s conference came to be in an interview with Nobel Conference director Dr. Lisa Heldke. Click here to listen

Statistician Ella Burnham Joins MCS Department

The MCS Department is excited to welcome Ella Burnham to the department. Ella is a statistician who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska in 2021. Her research interests lie in studying statistics education, with a specific emphasis on how to teach introductory courses most effectively. Ella is a native of Spencer, Iowa who […]

MCS Department Seminar 4/21 – Danté Tawfeeq

This Wednesday, April 21st, at 2:30pm, we are excited to welcome Danté A. Tawfeeq from John Jay College of Criminal Justice to give a virtual seminar talk titled “The Footprint of Innumeracy and Mathematics Illiteracy in Public School Education” (abstract included below). For the Zoom link, email Melissa Lynn at mklynn@gustavus.edu. The Footprint of Innumeracy […]